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ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report Topsail Beach

Capt. Trevor Smith
August 17, 2013
Topsail Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report (July 28th - August 17th) for Topsail Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach & Wilmington, NC

We are officially in the HEAT of the Summer and with that comes the necessary adjustment to fish the Summertime Patterns. There are LOTS of Fish around and many Fishing Charter Options to choose from including an Awesome Nearshore Bottom Fishing Bite!

With the water now HOT in the backwater reaching almost 90 at low tide some days you will need to find deepwater and nearshore structure to find the most fish (unless you have a large amount of rain that both cools the surface waters and creates an upwelling offshore of cooler water that then pushes in the backwaters as we have experienced 3 times this year by my count. This upwelling occurs when the rainwater reached a tipping point where it sinks causing the cooler sub-surface water to rise to the top and push in the inshore waters as the tide flows. Ironically, as I write this report the backwater temps as of 12pm today was a "chilly" 74 degrees due to heavy rains and a nearshore cold water upwelling). Sure, you can catch Red Drum and Flounder in the Hot Water (and many days we catch a lot!); however, I do prefer to fish the deeper water of the inlets and offshore/ nearshore wrecks. There are A LOT of Inshore Gamefish holding in these areas currently and they are Feeding Heavy!

We have boated many larger "Over Slot" Red Drum this Summer (all Drum 28" or larger) along with Many Large Citation Sized Flounder including one Nice Trophy Today Aug 17th (Pictured below). The Larger Fish are taking the bigger live baits (I prefer using mullet or menhaden for the Larger Gamefish) around structure both Inshore and Nearshore.

Inshore Fishing (Backwaters, Inlets, Flats, Docks & Creeks):

Most days the Inshore fishing is good; however, when the HOT Water influences the backwaters, the fishing Inshore can slow some days (but don't fret!!! When this happens Fish your favorite Deep Water Docks and the Mouths of the Inlets! There are LOTS of Fish to be caught inshore in the summer).

What's Biting Right Now Inshore>>> Flounder, Drum, Speckled Trout (*yes, Specks are biting!), Black Drum, Sheepshead and of course… more Lizard Fish than you can stand! LOL

Inlet Fishing: I am drifting the inlets with live baits on Carolina Rigs (2ot Circle Hooks) and have been producing a lot of flounder right now. Most of the Red Drum I am catching are on the docks and flats in the backwaters. The Sheepshead are BIG right now and are being caught along the Docks in the Intracoastal Waterway and Bridges with lots of structure.

Backwater Fishing: Lets not forget the Artificial Baits! I am using a lot of artificial baits as well inshore in the creeks and backwaters (it is key to work a lot of water and you will catch the fish!). The past few weeks we have been producing large numbers of Flounder with GULP Shrimp (Glow Color) and pinning them to a ½ - ¾ oz. Blue Water Candy Jighead.

Nearshore Bottom Fishing (out to 5 miles in 40 – 65 ft. of water):

What's Biting Right Now>>> Big Flounder, Black Seabass, Grey Trout, Big Lemon Sharks, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Cobia and many other "reef complex" species.

Summertime Nearshore Bottom Fishing:

I have two strategies for Bottom Fishing Nearshore:

The First: Carolina Rigs with 40 lb. Fluorocarbon and 6ot Circle Hooks using BIG live baits. Find your structure or bottom topography that you are fishing on your depth finder/ sounder, compensate for your wind and find your drift. Let the Fish do the rest!!

The Second: I use a 2-4 oz. Spro Jig (depending on the current) and pin a big live or dead mullet or piece of cut bait to it and bouncing it off of the bottom on wrecks, reefs and live bottom.

Surprisingly, the past few weeks we have boated A LOT of Octopus while Bottom Fishing using this method within the 5 mile range... Its a Kid Favorite (myself included) as they are very versatile and entertaining creatures. Most octopus when released in the boat will climb up your boat gunnel and find the water...every time (as this one did!).

Note: BOTH of these methods can be used while at anchor or drifting and produce A Lot of Fish.

We are Booking for the Fall and many dates are filling up quickly! Give us a call and Lets Go Fishin'!

Capt. Trevor Smith


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(910) 547-0000

Topsail Beach Fishing Forecast:

Fishing is HOT and will only get Hotter as August ends and Fall Fishing Begins!! As those water temps drop... North Carolina Fall Fishing is by far the BEST FISHING one could ask for!

Target Species:

BIG Flounder, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, Black Seabass

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At ProFishNC Charters, we Have Fun & Catch Fish! The Always Smiling Capt. Trev specializes in Nearshore Sight-Fishing & Trolling for False Albacore, Spanish Mackerel on Light Tackle and Inshore Fishing the Backwaters of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island & Figure Eight Island catching Flounder, Drum & Trout. We cater our Fishing Charters to your needs from the Pro Fisherman chasing the Citation Fish to the Family and Kids Trips! Book with ProFishNC and let the Fun Begin!

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Wilmington, NC 28409
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